A 5 Step Guide to Inquiry Follow-UpsBy
Couples often get engaged and start sending out inquiries before booking their venue or base services, which is why they may be slow, or not reply at all after sending their first inquiry. Because of this, it’s important to show sustained interest by following up. But, how many times should you follow up before you give up? Check out the 5 step follow-up method below to re-engage leads and get the responses you want.
The 5-Step Follow-Up Method:
1. Reply instantly using the same method
The first necessary step to an inquiry follow-up is a quick reply, especially when you may be on a shortlist with your competition. A fast reply establishes trust and a sense of reliability before discussing details, giving you a significant advantage over those who reply late. Apart from a quick reply, it’s also important to reciprocate communication on the same channel from which you were contacted.
2. The next day: Did you get my reply?
If your couple has yet to respond the day after your quick reply, fret not, and understand that work schedules and other priorities often get in the way. Give them a day and then follow up at the same time as your last reply with a little nudge. Try something like: “Hi, I wanted to make sure you saw my reply from yesterday, I’m very excited to help with your beautiful wedding.” and then finish with a low commitment question like “Have you already reserved a venue, and if so which one?” to keep the conversation going.
3. A few days later: Try a different method (text/phone)
So it’s been a few days and you still haven’t heard anything after your last follow up, what do you do next? Perhaps consider the fact that your message is not going through (especially if you’re communicating via email — due to spam filters). Try a different method or a new email address with a message that goes something like this: “I’m just sending this message through another channel just in case your spam filter caught the last one.”
4. A few days later: A simple message
The key to a good follow up is continuing to do so in a timely manner. After your last follow-up, it’s important to send another message within the next few days and not weeks. If there is no response to your message even after choosing a different method of communication, try sending a simple message like: “Are you still looking for [service]?” to confirm if this is a lead still worth pursuing.
5. A week later: Try a little humor
As a last attempt, if there has been no response, try a little humor to get a reaction! See these examples:
I know you’re busy, so I’ve prepared 3 convenient calls to action for you:
- Ignore this email and eventually I’ll get the picture and write terrible poetry about the deal we never did. [MOST POPULAR]
- Hit ‘reply’ and I’ll do the same. [RECOMMENDED]
- WILDCARD – Call me on (phone number). Interrupt my day like I have yours. I deserve it! [LIMITED TIME OFFER]
Option 2 is my favorite!
Have a great day,
Chief of “creating a profitable business out of thin air”
I sent you a few emails and a text and didn’t hear back from you about your (wedding service). So, I figured one of 4 things happened to you.
Please reply with the number of the correct circumstance:
- You found a different (service) that was just so awesome you couldn’t resist
- You’ve been meaning to get back to me but you’ve just been really busy
- You want me to stop contacting you (just ask!)
- You’ve been binge-watching Game of Thrones and you need me to send more popcorn
Please let me know which number and if you prefer microwave or stovetop.”
Following up in a timely manner is an important part of converting leads to bookings. Wedding professionals often wait too long before reaching out or don’t pursue leads thoroughly. Use this 5-step follow-up method to reach and convert inquiries effectively.
These tips originally appeared in our webinar “Replying to Leads, Part 2: From Conversation to Conversion” with WeddingPro Educator Alan Berg.
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